Rebecca Pow named arts and heritage minister in reshuffle

Geraldine Kendall Adams, 24.05.2019
MP for Taunton Deane replaces Michael Ellis
Rebecca Pow has been appointed as minister for arts, heritage and tourism in this week’s cabinet reshuffle.

Pow has been the Conservative MP for Taunton Deane, Somerset, since 2015. Prior to the reshuffle she was a parliamentary private secretary at the Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG). She has also sat on the Environmental Audit Select Committee and Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Select Committee.

Describing herself as an “environmentalist”, Pow was previously a journalist specialising in the environment, farming and gardening. She has also worked at the National Farmers Union.

Pow was named “Greenest New MP” by The Climate Coalition in 2018, although she has also been criticised for her support of fracking and badger culling.

Pow tweeted: “Honoured and absolutely delighted to be appointed as parliamentary under-secretary of state for arts, heritage and tourism. A glorious remit with a cracking team. Looking forward to immersing myself in it all.”

The Museums Association’s policy officer, Alistair Brown, said: "Obviously this is a turbulent time in national politics, but what our sector really needs is a government with a consistent, strategic approach towards museums, and a real desire to resolve the issues identified in the Mendoza Review of 2017.

“We look forward to working with Rebecca Pow to make sure that the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport is delivering for the whole museum sector."

Pow replaces Michael Ellis, who had been in the role since January 2018.

The Conservative Party is about to embark on a leadership election after Theresa May announced that she would step down as prime minister on 7 June.

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